Turbo a Family Friendly Movie {Movie Review}

I received complimentary tickets to view this movie.

When it comes to entertainment for my family I’m a picky parent, so when I tell you I highly recommend the PG movie, “Turbo” you should know that this recommendation for me, is a big deal.

Turbo _voiced by Ryan Reynolds_ basks in the televised image of his idol race car driver Guy Gagne

Out in theaters today, this animated film will delight your entire family. Turbo features an all star line-up, including Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Dogg, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Turbo is a snail who dreams of being the greatest racer in the world. His obsession with speed has made him an oddity and outsider in the slow and cautious snail community. Turbo desperately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he’s living, and he gets that chance after a freak accident leaves him with the power of incredible speed. The newly turbo-charged Turbo embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the impossible: racing against the best that the Indianapolis 500 has to offer. Joining Turbo is his dedicated pit crew of racing snails – a ragtag group of trash-talking adrenaline junkies tricked out with shells that look like mini-street racing cars. Turbo is the ultimate underdog who achieves the impossible by refusing to let his limitations get in the way of his dreams.

Turbo -center, played by Ryan Reynolds- and the Racing Snails race to glory.

Miss A {age 6} and I took our friends, a mom and daughter (around the same age as Avery). We all really enjoyed the movie, and here’s why Miss A and I liked it:


  • GREAT background story. The underdogs, {Turbo and Tito} fighting for something they truly want, even when things don’t work out their way, but never giving up.
  • No “real” scary parts. There were a few really adventurous parts, and a couple of “bad guys”, but none of them really bothered Miss A nor were they inappropriately scary {no skulls, vicious anger, etc}
  • Awesome, fun animation. Some of the scenes were incredibly realistic.
  • My kind of music. The movie had a lot of music from “my time” some fun hip-hop songs, but really kept with the fast pace of the movie.
  • Camaraderie. I love the way the snail crew worked together, each playing their own role, and stepping in when they are needed.

Miss A:

  • The movie Turbo is super funny! I really liked White Shadow.
  • The 3D glasses were really cool, there were a few minutes I thought I could grab things in the air, but they were on the screen.
  • I want to see it again, and bring my little sister next time {age 3}

The only thing that Miss A didn’t like were the previews before the show, especially in 3D, so this may be a section of the show where you want to grab a snack or have your child engaged in an activity where they aren’t looking at the screen. 

When considering if your child would like it, of course take into consideration their age, how many other movies in the theaters they’ve watched, and also their maturity.

To put an age range on this movie I would say it depends on if you are viewing in 3D or not. For the 3D version, because it is more interactive and can scare or intimidate smaller children I would say ages 5/6 years old and up, and for the standard version I would bring our 3 year old for sure, but that’s also because I know she would sit and watch and not be bored, and I feel very comfortable with the content of the movie as well.

I encourage you to check out Turbo and if you do, please come back and let me know what your and your children’s thoughts were on the movie!! Happy viewing.



I received complimentary admission to view this movie, but was not paid for this review. All opinions expressed in this post are my honest thoughts of me and Miss A’s. Your opinions may vary.